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On July 19, 2021, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) adding six Russian organizations to the Entity List. These designations are related to Executive Order 14024, “Blocking Property With Respect To Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian” (“EO 14024”) that was signed by President Biden in April 2021. EO 14024 authorizes the imposition of sanctions in response to Russian efforts…

On August 11, 2021, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a joint Fact Sheet: Supporting the Cuban People’s Right to Seek, Receive, and Impart Information through Safe and Secure Access to the Internet (the “Fact Sheet”) and a related press release. The Fact Sheet highlights the most relevant exemptions and authorizations pertinent to supporting the Cuban people through the provision of certain…

On July 12, 2021, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued Venezuela General License 40 (“GL 40”), “Authorizing Certain Transactions Involving the Exportation or Reexportation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas to Venezuela.” OFAC concurrently issued related FAQs (FAQ 914 and FAQ 915). Our previous blog posts about US sanctions targeting Venezuela are available here. GL 40 authorizes US persons to engage in transactions and activities through July 7, 2022 related to the…

On June 21, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued Belarus General License 3 (“GL 3”) authorizing certain transactions with the newly designated State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus (“Belarusian KGB”) along with related FAQs (FAQ 912 and FAQ 913). In addition to the Belarusian KGB, OFAC designated 16 new parties to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (“SDN List”) pursuant to Executive Order…